Party Time: Seven Birthday Bash Ideas for Adults


Ah, the annual reminder that you’re getting older – your birthday! But let’s not get upset about getting older and closer to old age. Instead, let’s embrace the occasion with open arms and throw a birthday bash that’ll be the talk of the town.

Who says birthday parties are just for kids? Just because you are much older now does not mean you can’t have fun. Remember when you were a kid and birthdays were all about fun, games, and candy? Well, guess what? It’s your day, and you can still have all of that as an adult, minus the bedtime curfew! Plus, you are legally allowed to get wasted. Especially when you are in a city like Fredrick, MD, which not only has various wineries and vineyards but also hosts the Fredrick Wine Festival, you’re bound to be a wine-lover.

Adulting often feels like a never-ending game of dodgeball with bills, responsibilities, and deadlines. Your birthday is your chance to throw a confetti-filled curveball right back! From renting out a guitar for yourself or signing yourself up for music lessons as a birthday gift to yourself, you can make your birthday a fun-filled day.

Wondering how to throw a birthday party without making it look boring? Keep reading for all the wonderful ideas.

Let’s make some noise together!

So, your birthday is coming up, and you’re thinking about gifting yourself a musical instrument so you and your friends can play some tunes together? Well, why not? It’s the perfect plan. You could also rent out a few instruments and have a jamming session together on their birthday. Don’t know how to play? You could sign up for music lessons later, but first, head down to Frederick County Music Store and get your hands on the most perfect instruments! You can even sign up the whole group for a music lesson and spend the birthday discovering your hidden talents. Picture this: a room filled with friends, each armed with a different instrument and a legendary performance in the making. Sounds like a wonderful evening!

Decade-Themed Extravaganza

Let’s start with some vintage flair! Choose a decade from the past (the ’80s, ’90s, or even the roaring ’20s) and invite your guests to dress the part. You’ll have Madonna dancing next to Avril Lavigne in pink hair, and the laughs will be endless as everyone tries to guess the songs from your chosen era.

Encourage your guests to don their finest decade-specific attire. Think disco pants and afros for the ’70s, leg warmers and scrunchies for the ’80s, or flannel shirts and ripped jeans for the ’90s. Prizes for the most authentic or outrageously nostalgic outfits are a must. Remember, dressing to impress is outdated now- it is time to dress to embarrass!

Make sure to transform your party space with decorations inspired by the chosen decade to pull off the theme. Think lava lamps, neon signs, vinyl records, or grunge posters. The more authentic, the better. Don’t forget to include retro cocktails for the adults and nostalgic soda pop for everyone.

A Costume Party

Looking for an excuse to show off your creativity and quirkiness? It is time to plan a costume birthday party. Choose a specific theme for your Costume Party. Whether it’s “Classic Hollywood,” “Superheroes vs. Villains,” “Fairy Tale Fantasy,” or even “Historical Figures,” having a theme adds an extra layer of creativity and excitement to the event.

Deck out your party space to match the theme. If it’s a classic Hollywood party, roll out the red carpet. For a superhero theme, use comic book-inspired decorations. Think creatively and transform your venue into a magical world that complements your chosen theme. Oh, and remember to set up a photo booth with themed props and backdrops.

You can go the extra mile and send out themed invitations that hint at the chosen theme. You wouldn’t want anyone to not get the memo and show up wearing the most boring outfit ever!

Beer Pairing Birthday Party

Picture this: a handpicked selection of beers, each with its own personality and story to tell. From stout to ale and wheat beer, your guests will love the options.

Pair each beer with a special gourmet meal- a combination that will elevate the culinary experience to a whole new level. From charcuterie to sliders, your food lineup should be the ultimate wingman to your brews.

Backyard BBQ: A classic

It is time to fire up the grill and enjoy some delicious barbecue with friends and family. Prepare a lineup of meats, poultry, seafood, and veggies to make your grill sizzle excitedly. Your options are endless, from juicy burgers and smoky ribs to marinated kebabs and grilled corn on the cob. Also, pair your BBQ creations with an array of delicious sides. Classic coleslaw, potato salad, baked beans, and cornbread are must-haves. It’s all about balance, right?

Remember to whip up your signature BBQ sauce to elevate the taste of your food. You can also get store-bought once in case you’re short on time.

Throw A Pool Party

It is time to make use of the pool you are too busy to use. A pool party in the summer is one of the best ideas. Deck out your pool area with inflatable floats, colorful towels, and sun loungers. You want your guests to feel like they’ve stepped into a tropical getaway – minus the jet lag.

Prepare a menu of pool-friendly snacks and finger foods. Think mini sliders, fruit skewers, and chips with a variety of dips. Remember, nothing too messy – you don’t want your pool to turn into a snack battleground.

Don’t forget to embrace your inner child and engage in some friendly water fights!

A Spa Day

A Spa Day is like pressing the pause button on life’s chaos and treating yourself to a well-deserved day of relaxation and self-care. Adulting is hard on all. Hence, a day out with your closest friends enjoying a soothing massage can be your ideal way of spending a birthday.

Choose a serene venue, whether a spa resort, a cozy Airbnb with a hot tub, or even your home transformed into a spa oasis. Play soothing music in the background to set the mood. Think soft instrumental tunes, nature sounds, or calming spa playlists.

Remember to prepare a selection of refreshing beverages such as infused water, herbal teas, and light, healthy snacks like fruit platters or cucumber sandwiches.


Whether you’re into time-traveling through the decades or discovering your hidden musical talents, these ideas promise endless laughter and connection. So, why wait? Start planning your next epic adult birthday bash now, and remember to embrace the wisdom that comes with those extra candles on the cake. Cheers to another year of fabulousness!

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